PH passport renewals now being released

The office of Honorary Philippine Consul to the CNMI Eli Arago announced late Monday night the releasing of passports that were renewed from May 30 to June 2. These are for those who applied for renewal at the Marianas Business Plaza.

A total of 317 passports, Saipan only, were renewed. Those who applied to renew their passports can now start picking up their new travel documents starting July 19, from 5pm to 8pm at the 2/F of the J.P. Center building in Beach Road, Garapan.

The releasing will continue on July 20 and 21, Wednesday and Thursday, at the same time and the same office that is located at the second floor of Century Insurance.

The old passport and receipt must be presented when getting your passport, while an authorization letter is required if another person would pick it up.

Last week, the Philippine Consulate Office in Guam held a four-day mobile consular service where they accepted 321 applications for renewal, four lost, and 116 extensions of Philippine passports.

The mobile consular service also accepted 12 reports of birth and three acknowledgements, and two reports of marriage and one given affidavit.

Application for passport renewal are also being accepted but only for 2017 since the months of September and November—the Philippine Consulate’s next scheduled visit to Saipan—have already been filled up.

The office of Honorary Consul Arago can only accept applications for passport renewals since the PCG has the machine that gets the applicants biometrics. Applications for passport renewals that were processed will receive their new copies within 60 days.

Legal advice, civil registration, application for dual citizenship, and double checking of all requirements needed for passport renewals before sending it to the Philippine Consulate’s Guam office are some of the services that Arago could provide to his countrymen in the CNMI.

Consul Mark Francis Hamoy led the PCG team that also included Allan Tangayan, Emerita Marquez, and Annabelle Oviedo-Lavarez.

Jon Perez | Reporter
Jon Perez began his writing career as a sports reporter in the Philippines where he has covered local and international events. He became a news writer when he joined media network ABS-CBN. He joined the weekly DAWN, University of the East’s student newspaper, while in college.

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